Toni Baker-Tyson
Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out Toni Baker Tyson's weekly entertainment picks. It's fun for grown folks.

Truth be told I have a tendency to become bored extremely fast. This year I have decided to have a “cup list” —  activities and events attainable in the immediate future that not on my bucket list.

It has been quite awhile since I’ve attended a live boxing match (Marvelous Marvin Hagler, if memory serves). So last weekend, I attended the 2017 Golden Gloves Boxing Championship event at the Sugaw Creek Recreation Center. My adrenaline was on fast forward as I watched fighters pulverize each other during three rounds of intense boxing. This was definitely the highlight of my Friday evening. Oh ladies, it was definitely raining men, so if you’re looking,  make plans to attend a boxing event in the near future.

This week, the Universoul Circus is in town at the old Eastland Mall location on Central Avenue. This event usually has lots of grown folks in attendance. The inner child in me enjoyed herself at Wednesday night’s performance. The Universoul Circus has a little something-something for everyone. From the grown-folks Soul Train line to Camel rides, face painting, cotton candy, snow cones, pizza, and popcorn. I recommend putting this on your to-do list. No worries about parking, there is plenty and it’s free. Tickets are going fast and I suggest purchasing directly from the box office (on site) to avoid additional fees.

Check out my weekend picks.


Conversations with the Author ~ Author Eric L. Guthrie is a Certified Training Director and Certified Diversity Executive. Guthrie has trained on diversity and inclusion, teamwork, and leadership all over the world. Are you looking to stay a step ahead of the competition, and remain a competitive force in the economy? Come meet-and-greet with Guthrie as he discusses his book, “Diversify or Die,” at FireWater Restaurant & Lounge (8708 JW Clay Blvd). Time: 7 p.m. This event is free, but registration is required. More info


The Jazz Room ~ Jazz Arts Initiative continues Season 8 of its Jazz Room Series with the return of “Gypsy Jazz!” Guitarist Andy Page, who has been making music for 27 years, will be playing the music of legendary Django Reinhard. The Stage Door Theater is part of Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, at the corner of 5th and College in uptown Charlotte. Two shows: 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Cost: $14 in advance, $16 at the door. More info or call 704-372-1000.


Spring Equinox: Weekend Wind Down & Meditation ~ In the spirit of fresh starts, join Kelley Carboni-Woods and John Love as they guide you through an inspirational, gentle yoga practice and meditation. Bring your mat, open heart and find inspiration for the week ahead. Location: Grier Heights Community Center (3100 Leroy St). Cost: $5. Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. More info

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Toni Baker-Tyson is an entertainment columnist for She enjoys being a social butterfly out on the town, loves live music, the arts, and foreign films. Her passion is volunteering with the...